Thursday 12th April 2012
Families of children who have life-limiting, life-threatening and complex health conditions can benefit from a new support group.
The family drop-in group at Richard House Children's Hospice, in Beckton, is being described as a life-line for parents.
Debbie Davey, of Harold Hill, in Essex, is mum to four-year-old Aiden who has Down Syndrome and leukaemia. The 33-year-old has welcomed the group being set at the east London hospice in partnership with Rainbow Trust Children's Charity.
Debbie said: "I am so pleased Richard House and Rainbow Trust have joined together to bring this wonderful drop-in centre for families. Parents are the best therapy I have found. They don't judge; they are your friends. They have been my inspiration and biggest support. I hope families can find their own positives from this service."
The drop-in group, which will meet monthly, will give children the opportunity to play with each other in a safe environment, where there are support workers who understand their needs and conditions.
Rachel Flower, Richard House's play and care co-ordinator, said: "We will provide a variety of games and group activities for the children to keep them busy and occupied so their parents get the chance to have a cup of tea, talk to other families in a similar situation and relax for a couple of hours."
For more information on the drop-in group call the hospice on 020 7540 0243 or Rainbow Trust Children's Charity on 01708 375830.